Pro tip: "The first thing would be you can reuse floral. There are ways to reuse your ceremony floral for the reception, the dancing portion. Maybe not the centerpieces, but the cake table and things like that. There's ways to move it around, so that you're not spending money on cocktail tables that you're going to see for 30 or 40 minutes and never see again.
Really the way not to go over budget is you have to be on the budget every step of the way. Really looking at everything before you sign any contracts or make any decisions. Figure out what that means for your overall bottom line, figure out the things that are important to you. Like transportation sometimes is not as important to certain people and that saves a couple thousand dollars.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but hiring a planner always saves money. In addition to keeping you on budget, they know how to get deals and have access to wholesale prices. So it actually totally helps."